Cyber-security: Strategic partnership between Alcatel-Lucent and Thales

Thales and Alcatel-Lucent have entered exclusive negotiations for the consideration by Thales of acquiring the cyber-security services and communications security activities of Alcatel–Lucent as part of a strategic partnership to provide end-to-end solutions for securing networks.

The contemplated partnership, including the transfer of Alcatel-Lucent’s network security assets to Thales, will enable Alcatel-Lucent to expand its commercial proposition in cyber-security, a stated intention of The Shift Plan announced last year. Alcatel-Lucent will be able to offer existing and new customers highly secured end-to-end network security solutions, combining its integrated security expertise in telecommunication products with complementary services provided by Thales. In return, Thales will grow its business in cyber-security, further consolidating the knowledge and expertise of its teams, which is already world-class in this field.

The partnership is subject to a final, definitive agreement, and will become effective after the consultation of representative bodies, the execution of definitive agreements and obtaining necessary permissions.